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Community Edited Resumes

Jeremy C. Wright has a new project called ResumeWiki.:

ResumeWiki is a community edited resume centre. You post your profile (goals, etc) and assume the community of peers will give you comments and possible edits. It is about harnessing the power of lots of eyes to help you get your job. It is kind of like Open Source’ing your resume. Less bugs, more potential, less work for the individual (you).

This sounds like a great idea to me, and might actually encourage me to update my deeply out-of-date resume. Here are a couple of samples.

4 Responses to “Community Edited Resumes”

  1. Ali

    It is an interesting idea I have to say, but there are scary privacy issues. Granted no one forces people to put their resumes up there, but a number of scenarios come to mind that would keep people from doing so:

    * Disclosure issues. To get the best advice on updating and tayloring your resume to your employer’s requirements and likes, you most likely have to mention to your commenters what position and at which company you are applying for. Many companies would ask you to not publicly reveal that information (we all heard the rumors on google wanting to create a new browsers based on the people they were interviewing). Even if the company interviewing you doesn’t care, you would often want to keep your application to the new position quiet from your co-workers and current employer at least until you know for sure.

    * Privacy issues: One of the two example resumes there has address and phone number. Need I say more?

    * Identity Fraud. There is a lot of information about someone on their resume, tons more than your typical trash-can-searching identity theif finds from roaming through garbage. Admittedly, most identity fraud these days is financially motivated (and the information in a resume never points to financial information). But the more heinous identity thefts have always been through providing enough bits and pieces of someone’s past for others to convince people of one’s identity. And boy are resumes full of historical information: your past jobs, the schools you attended, conferences, etc. Or maybe I’m just paranoid :-)

  2. Jeremy C. Wright


    Agreed. However, it’s the same privacy issues with posting your resume online at all. At Monster, HotJobs or even on your website (see:

    This is why we encourage people to feel free to not include their contact info and to not use their real name if they are concerned.

    Because, really, the resume is independent of the individual. They’ll know it’s theirs. They’ll know when people edit it or comment on it.

    That’s my thoughts on the privacy issue (hence:

    But yeah, point #2 is one I hadn’t considered. I’m not sure there’s any way around that (as it’s up to individuals what they publish online). Do you think that should be added to the PrivacyIssues page?

  3. Ali

    Appologies for being too quick to comment without having read your privacy statement Jeremy.

    There are lots of creative ways to provide enough information to the readers and commenters of one’s resume to get productive feedback without getting in trouble. You can explain your background, education and activities without naming any names, and so on. Similarly, you can describe the employer and position without mentioning enough detail to make the uniquely identifiable.

    I think what you are recommending to people is to not cut and paste their resume to your website as a whole, but rather use it to get feedback on what they would put in their resume.

    As for identity theft, I think it’s a problem that is overlooked, both in its more traditional forms and certainly in this (relatively) new form. It might be worth a mention on your privacy page.

  4. Jeremy C. Wright

    Ali, since you have some good views on this, do you mind emailing me some text with your thoughts as to how it could be worded? I think you’ll cover it better than I would.

    My email is If I haven’t heard from you by Monday I’ll give it a shot, but I really think you’d do it justice.

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